A man whose yellow car was written off by vandals after it was accused of ruining a picture postcard view has given into his critics and bought a grey one instead.
Peter Maddox’s Vauxhall Corsa hit the headlines in 2015 for ‘photobombing’ photographers’ pictures of Arlington Row in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
But last month the vehicle was written off when vandals smashed in its windows and scratched the words ‘Freddie Move’ on its bonnet.
Now the 84-year-old retired dentist has decided to given into the critics and buy a grey one instead.
His daughter-in-law Marie Kraus said: ‘Peter was absolutely thrilled when we got the car.
‘He likes having his own car and drove it straight home from the garage. I took a photo of him and he had a big smile and a firm grip on the key.
‘Vauxhall were able to get him a new car very quickly.
‘Obviously, it is sad to lose the yellow one but he feels he does not want to antagonise anyone with a bright colour. He just wants to drive peacefully.’
She added: ‘He does like bright colours and he liked his bright yellow car but since he feels he was targeted because it was yellow, he doesn’t want to attract the same sort of attention.
‘He feels it’s possible it would happen again.’
But the 84-year-old is not without his supporters, with a Bright Yellow Car Convoy organised to travel to Bibury on April 1 in a show of solidarity.
Peter will be attending on the day as a passenger and will also be choosing his favourite yellow car.
Money raised from the event will go towards The Butterfly Garden, a Cheltenham charity chosen by Peter and his family.